There is what they call an exclusive in the Star today, that Steve McClaren will line up former England defender Micah Richards next week after Steve is appointed as the new Newcastle head coach.
And that comes after reports that both Frank de Boer and Michael Laudrup wanted to talk to Newcastle about the job, but Lee Charnley didn’t take up their offer and was seemingly satisfied that Steve McClaren is the right ma for Newcastle, but he would have a hard job convincing Newcastle fans of that.
Micah Richards – free agent this summer
Well at least he will not upset the boat and Newcastle will go on their merry way of working with policies that have produced only two top ten finishes in the eight years under owner Mike Ashley, one relegation and two desperately close relegation fights – including the season just finished.
When will they wake up to reality?
Steve McClaren likes the big Manchester City defender and he coached England when Micah was part of his England squad, so that may also help Newcastle get their man.
Hopefully Newcastle can sign Micah at the same time they announce McClaren as the new head coach, and that would get the club off to a decent start in the summer transfer window.
Newcastle will have a lot of work to do this summer, if we are to considerably strengthen the squad, with the performances this season under John Carver the worst that have been seen in years at Newcastle.
We had just three wins and 13 defeats in 20 games, and they included an eight game losing streak in the Premier League for the first time ever for Newcastle.